Iowa Old Press
July 31, 1930
NEAR-BY NEWS NOTES
Happenings of Interest in Towns and Country Around Us
The Aurelia electric light and power system was sold recently to the Iowa
Public Service Co, for $22,000.
Kenneth Glattly of Spencer narrowly escaped death July 18th while he was
engaged in digging a foundation trench which suddenly caved in, burying him
under several hundred pounds of earth. John Parks, who was nearby at the
time the ditch caved in, called for help and with the assistance of three or
four men saved Glattly from death. Glattly sought medical aid at once but he
suffered no serious injuries as the result of the cave in. He was bruised
considerably all over his body.
Lucille Larson, a young Luverne girl, was injured three miles north of Rock
Rapids July 22nd. Miss Larson, in company with five other young ladies, had
driven to Rock Rapids with Orville Johnson to view the ruins of the
Guarantee Oil Co. property which had burned the preceding night. On the way
home they engaged in a race with another Luverne car driven by Robert Pitts.
Johnson succeeded in passing the Pitts car, and as he pulled back into the
center of the road, his own car threw a tire. The car swayed and Miss
Larson, who was riding in the back end of the car, fell to the roadway. The
Pitts car was close behind and could not miss the girl, one of the wheels
passing over her hips. After an examination at the office of Dr. G. H.
Bootel in Rock Rapids no trace of any internal injury was found. She was
taken to her home in Luverne by her father, Charles Larson.
A car belonging to Miss Sophia Thompson of Hinton, which was stolen in
LeMars, July 15th, while Robbins Bros. Circus was exhibiting there, was
recovered by George Pavlik, district manager of the State Farm Mutual, seven
miles west of Hinton, burned up. Neighbors said they had seen it burning at
11:30 July 15th, or about an hour after it was stolen. Most of the parts and
accessories that were not burned were stolen by some one after the fire.
The Reynolds home in LeMars was damaged by a fire which started in the low
attic July 23rd. Mrs. Reynolds detected the smell of smoke, hurried indoors
and rushed to a bedroom from which smoke was pouring. Composition shingles
covered the roof which prevented the fire from burning its way outward and
consequently it ate its way through the ceiling. The fire department hurried
to the scene and used both chemicals and water to extinguish the blaze. No
insurance was carried on either the house or furniture and the loss of the
furnishings of one room is keenly felt by the unfortunate family.
The A.C. Miller elevator at Little Rock was completely destroyed by fire
July 20th. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is supposed
that it originated from apparatus used by employees to smoke out a swarm of
bees. There was not enough pressure in the mains to force the water to the
top of the elevator where the fire was, so the Little Rock firemen were
practically helpless. The Sibley fire department was called, but came too
late to save the elevator. About a thousand dollars worth of feed was
carried to safety by bystanders, and a car of flour on the sidetrack was
pushed away. The loss of about $10,000 is covered by insurance. Mr. Miller
expects to build a new modern structure on the same site.
J.F. Corcoran of Mason City, employed as a brakeman by the Milwaukee
Railroad Co., suffered the amputation of his left leg above the ankle July
19th, as a result of having his foot crushed when the wheels of a freight
train passed over his foot. Corcoran was working on a freight train and was
bout to couple two cars. He had given the signal for the train to back up
and then with one foot on the rail he started to back out from between the
cars, but it was too late and the wheel of the moving car caught his foot.
He was thrown to the ground away from the train and workmen nearby heard his
moans and went to his assistance. It was necessary to amputate the leg four
inches above the ankle so that infection would not set in.
Mrs. Wm. Voshell of Spirit Lake was fatally injured July 20th in an
automobile collision at Arnolds Park. Jack Shriver, accompanied by Mr. and
Mrs. Voshell, was driving to Arnolds Park and their car collided with a car
occupied by Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Bagan and children of Estherville. The
collision occurred at an intersection and both drivers evidently failed to
see the other car in time to avoid the accident. Mrs. Voshell passed away a
few hours after she had been removed to a hospital in Estherville. Edith
Voshell, aged 15, was seriously injured and is confined to a hospital. One
of the Voshell boys was also seriously injured when his head was caught
between an open door and the body of the car. Mrs. Bagan of the Estherville
car suffered a broken collar bone and bad body bruises. The other occupants
of the Bagan care were cut and bruised but none of them suffered severe
injuries. The Voshell car was completely wrecked in the collision.
Early the morning of July 20th someone broke the locks on the gas pumps at
the Shell Oil Station at Lytton and took about fifty gallons of gas.
Evidently all the intruders were after was gas as nothing else about the
place was disturbed.
While fooling with a friend the afternoon of July 20th, Eilerd Ludwigs of
Craig, dislocated his arm at the shoulder in making a false pass as though
to strike. One Tuesday he went to Madison, S.D., to have the trouble
adjusted by a bone doctor. He was accompanied by his brother, Henry, and his
father. The father also going for treatment, having recently taken a tumble
and hurt his shoulder.
Mrs. Paul Franzenburg of Pierson was painfully injured July 21st when her
hand was caught in an electric wringer when she was engaged in doing the
family washing. Her 11-year-old daughter heard her screams and hurried to
her assistance by turning off the current. The rotary motion of the machine
stripped the flesh from the back of her hand above the wrist to the fingers.
One tendon was torn loose in the forearm. It required eight stitches to
close the wound.
A log house on the banks of the river at Quimby owned and occupied by Frank
Stiner was damaged by fire July 19th. Mr. Stiner lives alone and he had put
potatoes on a gasoline stove to cook and it is thought that in boiling over
the water put out the flame and formed a gas which became ignited and caused
the explosion. Mr. Stiner was outside when the stove exploded and he
attempted to put out the blaze, but was unsuccessful until the fire
department came to his assistance. Stiner was burned about his face and
hands when he attempted to put out the blaze. Everything in the house was
destroyed by the flames but the house was not completely burned.
Grandmother Mericle, aged 81, of Paullina, suffered the misfortune of
fracturing her hip, last week. She is under the care of a trained nurse.
Mrs. Mericle experienced a similar accident about one and one-half years
ago, at that time fracturing her other hip.
As she was passing a road grader between Gilmore City and Humboldt July
23rd, Mrs. Harold Clark of Sioux Rapids lost control of the car which she
was driving and struck a telephone pole. Mrs. Clark escaped with minor
bruises but her mother, Mrs. F. D. White, was quite badly injured. A passing
motorist assisted the ladies clear of the wreckage and took them to Humboldt
for medical treatment. It was discovered there that Mrs. White had suffered
a fractured vertebrae and her spine was placed in a cast. It was also feared
that she had suffered internal injuries.
After Ike Tucker of Elk Point closed his pop corn and soft drink stand on
Main Street July 20th, someone broke in through the back window and helped
himself to peanuts, pop, etc. The only change, about 100 pennies, also was
missing. It is thought the theft was committed by juveniles, but no trace
has been found of them.
While Judge and Mrs. Loft of Elk Point and their daughter, Mrs. Rodman, of
Omaha, Neb., and two granddaughters where driving to Alcester July 21st,
their auto turned over on its side when Mrs. Rodman lost control of the car
on the sharp turn in the road north of the Hamilton Hall. The top of the car
was torn off and all were thrown out through the roof. No one was injured
but they all were badly shaken up and sustained bruises. The car was badly
The prohibition enforcement officials of Plymouth County searched four
belligerent premises under the direction of Officer Lubbers, a federal
enforcement officer with headquarters in Sioux City. The officers raided two
premises in LeMars. At the home of John Wilmen they found some bottles which
evidently had been dumped just before the arrival of the officers, and they
also visited the home of George Hayes, but in neither place found enough
evidence to cause any arrests. On the Hettwer place in Marion township, the
officers found a cave well equipped with plumbing and accessories, but no
evidence of any illicit operations. Later they raided the premises of Ed
Burnight of Akron and found a half gallon jug of liquor on a dump near the
residence. Burnight was taken to LeMars and waived a preliminary hearing
before Justice J. G. Koenig and was sent to jail pending the securing of a
bond to appear before the grand jury at the September term of court.
Alfred Berg of Hudson shipped nine carloads of cattle to the Chicago market,
July 19th. From Chicago he planned to go to New York, from which place he
intended to sail for his old home in Sweden to visit relatives and friends.
Don Mitchell and John Syverud, who live in adjoining farms five miles west
of Inwood, were injured July 21st when the automobile in which they were
riding came too near the edge of the road and turned over. Mr. Mitchell,
whose jaw was broken in two places and who was otherwise bruised, was taken
to Sioux Falls for treatment. Mr. Syverud suffered cuts on his face.
Eldred Morrissey, of LeMars, was painfully injured and lost considerable
blood the evening of July 22nd when he was forced to take the ditch when he
met a reckless driver. The car came to an abrupt stop at the bottom of the
ditch and Morrissey put out his hand to save himself. His right hand passed
through the windshield, cutting two arteries and severely bruising the hand.
The members of the Carel family, who live near where the accident occurred,
came to the young man's assistance and took him to LeMars where he received
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